Earl  Payne's Memorial

Earl Payne
(1918 - 1995)


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Name: Mr Earl Payne
Gender: Male
Age: 77 years old
Lived: Saturday, 12 January 1918 - Friday, 14 July 1995

My Story

For what is to die, but to stand in the sun and melt into the wind?  And when the Earth has claimed our limbs, then we shall truly dance.  This is one of my favorite quotes by Kahlil Gibran.

Dad was born in Ogden, Utah and grew up in Bear Lake.  He was the second oldest of five siblings, the youngest of who died as an infant.  He later served in the US Navy where he was a gunner during World War II and shot down somewhere in South Africa, where fortunately he survived but was plaqued with back injuries the rest of his life.  He met and married my mother while on leave in Denver, Colorado, falling madly in love with her.  They moved to back to Ogden where his parents and siblings resided.  They had four children, Diana, Linda, Wiliam Kent and Robert Kevin.  His oldest son, Kent, proceeded him in death one year ago.  He worked at Hill Air Force base as an airplane mechanic, being promoted to foreman and supervisor.  He and my mother loved the outdoors and the wilderness and served as campground hosts in the Unitas for many years. 

Dad was not only a lover of the outdoors, but active in politics.  A lifelong Democrat, he was always writing to his congressman and voted religiously every election.

He was an inspiration to all of us, giving us strength in time of need and wisdom in time of uncertainty and sharing in time of happiness.  He was the epitomy of patient, the Rock of Gibralter in our lives.   He never wavered in his love for us all and was the ultimate family man.  His patience knew no bounds.  he was soft spoken and seldom got angry or upset., even when our mother pushed him to the limits with her anger.  He held us together as a family in the face of her unpredictable moods and outbursts.  I love the eulogy Ted Kennedy gave to his brother Bobby, it seems to fit dad and so I will paraphrase it: "He will always be by our side.  Love is not an easy feeling to put into words.  Nor is loyalty or trust or joy.  But he wa all of these.  He loved life (and his family) completely. ...his love was of affection, respect, order and encouragement and support.  ..and because real love is something unselfish and involves sacrifice and giving, we could not help but profit from it...". 

I will always miss you dad, and try to carry on the values, caring, compassion, forgiveness and understanding that you practiced throughout your life.


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Date of Passing: 14 July 1995
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